Highland Park 40 Year Old Single Malt Whisky
70cl, 48.3% abv
Highland Park 40 Year Old Single Malt Whisky was released in 2008 and named Best New Release of the Year at the World Whisky Awards 2009. It has been largely matured in refill casks which allows smoke to be retained. If first fill casks had been used, the sweetness (an oak-derived additive quality from the cask) would have been too vociferous. The long-term nature of the maturation of Highland Park 40 year old allows time for the perfect balance to be achieved. The colour is completely natural; the delicate coppery paleness of the whisky is due to the judicious selection and use of refill casks.
Colour: Rich hues of russet and copper.
Nose: Spicy, aromatic with a background of rich dark fruits, nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon zest and enticing dark chocolate.
Palate: Clever balance of sweet toffee notes, dark chocolate, black cherries, honey, sun dried orange zest and an aromatic heather peat smokiness at the end.
Finish: Rich, long, sophisticated, smoky and comfortingly sweet. Lingers for a long time